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-breaking senate stopping heights. so what do you do? if you are harry reid, lead other telephone democrats in the senate, you try to reform it. and if you're mitch mcconnell, the republican leader who is using it all the time because it is your main kind of power you try to stop reform of it. now there are a couple of plans for changing the fill buster to make it less common or more difficult or even to eradicate it all together. first, there is a lawsuit. a real one. it is in the courts and everything for house democrats and a good governance group called common cause are suing the senate. that court case began this weekend in washington. they argue the filibuster is illegal because it infringes on what they see as a constitutional guarantee of majority rule in congress. the court system has never before entered into the senate's internal role making, and quite frankly, it is unlikely to do so now. but they're trying. the other track is in the senate. majority leader harry reid keeps threatening to change the rules. he says it will happen at the very beginning of the next congress. the ve
you fog and the follicle gods. harry reid on ben nelson's luscious locks. they may refer to the record of that luscious body and find hair envy actually in it. that's the best weirdest new thing in the world. that does it for us tonight. rachel will be back tomorrow with great hair. now it is time for the last word. rachel will be back tomorrow with great hair, as always. up next, "first look." >>> right now on "first look," terror at an. on. shopping mall as a mass gunman opens fire, killing two people. >>> north korea successfully fires a long-range rocket, defying the threat of international sanctions. >>> plus, michigan's right to work, a cosmic close shave and an update for you on that little guy, the ikea monkey in canada. >>> but first, good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season took a terrifying turn in portland, oregon, yesterday, when a masked gunman stormed into a busy shopping mall and opened fire, killing two people, injuring another before apparently turning the gun on himself. nbc's kirk gregory has the chilling details. >> re
. as senate majority leader harry reid admitted yesterday. but in an interview with barbara walters, president obama predicted that republicans would eventually give in on taxes. >> the most important thing we can do is make sure the middle class taxes do not go up on january 1st, and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals. >> prediction. are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> oh, taxes are going to go up one way or another. >> oh, they are? >> and i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. it is entirely possible for us to come up with a deal, but time is running short. >> now, the president went on to say that if republicans can move on taxes, he's prepared to do "some tough things" on the spending side. >>> controversial right-to-work measures will soon be the law of the land in michigan. republican governor rick snyder signed the measure yesterday, despite widespread protests by the labor union at the state
of drugs has gone down dramatically. >> senate majority leader harry reid floated a rumor yesterday that speaker boehner was having a little trouble controlling members paul ryan, eric cantor and kevin mccarthy. republicans found it so outrageous, it spawned a twitter revolt with the hash tag, harry reid rumors. one of our favorites? jammie foxx to be named secretary of state. sorry, susan. hash tag harry reid rumors. >>> actress and activist ashley judd is polling four points behind senator mitch mcconnell in a hypothetical matchup. mcconnell's approval ratings are the worst of any senator nationally. the poll found judd to be the top choice as a challenger. >>> and the first grandchild for former president bush and first lady laura. they called in to congratulate their daughter. >> fired up. looking forward to it. i'm excited for jenna and henry. i can barely contain the news when i found out so now i can tell all my buddies. >> where do you come down on spoiling grandchildren? to spoil or not to spoil? >> definitely to spoil. no doubt about it. >> kind of like we did our daughte
now that the senate under harry reid has become a paralyzed nightmare. there is not a lot of influence you can really wield there. there is not a lot of things you can get done the composition of the senate may very well change after the 2014 but for the time-being it has to be frustrating for somebody like demint. he can have lot more interesting and effective influence on the outside with heritage. jon: what about tim scott taking his place? he is probably the favorite at this point. a black conservative in the senate. >> right. jon: what would that do oar four balance of power? >> i don't think it is making a difference, in the sense a conservative replacing another conserve. part of the reason senate is paralyzed is the senator demint is the king of filibuster. >> wait a minute. democrats have a big majority. they have a majority period but they had huge filibuster-proof majority first two years. >> they had a filibuster-proof majority, 27 days the senate was in significance. rest of the time they didn't have 60 votes you need to get rid of the filibuster. jim demint is more danger
senate democratic leader harry reid charging the real problem is infighting among speaker john boehner leadership team over whether the republicans will support tax rate increases. >> the speaker has to make an important decision. whether he is going to save his speakership, or the country. >> senate republican mitch mcconnell fired back that president obama can't get fellow democrats to back real spending cuts. >> we with r running out of time. time to to see if the president is willing to cut any spending at all. >> ia carney held up the president's budget plan again. >> it's not a mystery. we have seen this before. this is the document that contains the specific spending cuths. >> except in that budget, the president includes $100 billion in medicaid cuts. that would have come from shifting more costs to states. yet; just yesterday the department of health and human services revealed it no longer supports those cuts. because the supreme court landmark healthcare decision allows states to opt out of the new laws medicate expansion. when carney was pressed today on how to white house
is certainly stacked in his favor. >> interesting way mcconnell worded that. both mcconnell and harry reid acknowledge if a deal is going to get done, they have to put together the pieces of the framework very soon. >> this is the week we are going to find out whether the president is serious about cutting any spending at all. we are running out of time. >> until we hear from the republicans, there is nothing to draft. we can get things done quickly. i think it's going to be extremely difficult to get it done before christmas, but it could be done. >> we shall see. sunday is basically the deadline, if you will, unofficially if they want to get something done before christmas. moving on to the labor fight in michigan, over 12,000 union workers and supporters rallied yesterday. look at the pictures. protesting the so-called right to work law that will make it illegal to require an employee to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. it was not enough to stop the legislation that rick snyder signed into law. despite the long history, the state is controlled by a republican-dominated
that on the floor and harry reid said i'm going to take a look at it and get back to you. few hours he said hey, mitch, let's do it. and we have the votes let's put it on the floor and mitch mcconnell said only if there's a 60 vote thresh hold and republicans lost a lot of leverage there. this -- remember the debt ceiling limit was something republicans thought they could deal on going forward and that they could maybe get some spending cuts and agreement to raise the debt limit. >> they thought they had the upper hand. mitch mcconnell sort of blew his own leverage. dick gephardt and the others you've spoken to say about the way the current leadership is handling this. >> they're optimistic. when i talk to the former house majority leader gephardt yesterday, he said i feel like there's a rhythm to these things and we're in a rhythm now where the principles, the president and speaker are talking and not leaking those calls. if you saw both the white house was very cagey about the call yesterday between the two men, speaker boehner wouldn't talk about the -- what the conversation was, and so ther
sides will come together. we're told he had a phone call today with the senate majority leader harry reid but no more phone calls or visits from speaker boehner. it's still on hold whether they'll move forward on a deal. >> shepard: looks like speaker boehner is getting pressure from the moderates in the party and certainly from the right. >> reporter: no doubt about it. bob corker from tennessee was on "fox news sunday" yesterday. he gave fo voice to something you're hearing from an increasing number of republicans right now which is maybe they should give in on raising taxes on the rich in order to fight it out and try to get more leverage in terms of spending cuts. take a listen. >> once you give him the rate on the top 2%, it's actually a much lesser tax increase than what's he's been talking about. the focus then shifts to entitlements. >> reporter: now, the key, though, as we've all been talking about this end of the year deadline, december 31st, but in fact, when you talk to leaders in both parties, they realize the real deadline is probably the end of this week in terms of at
done. and as you pointed out, house speaker john boehner, harry reid also preparing conferences to potentially work through the holidays. that is a tactic to some extent, but it is still an indication that as of right now, there's really no deal in sight. >> right. and now today speaker boehner said the president's plan has absolutely no chance on this hill. take a listen to this. >> the president's called for $1.4 trillion worth of revenue. that cannot pass the house or the senate. and if you look at -- if you look at our budget, we have no new revenue in our budget. the president had $1.6 trillion worth of new revenue. >> so he says it's never going to happen. but the president says he's confident speaker boehner will ultimately cave. are these meetings, these phone calls, are these all -- >> a bit of political theater if you speak to folks who are involved in these negotiations. they will admit that it is important to run down the clock. they want their conferences to feel as though they put up a fight. they can't say they put up a good fight if you don't run the clock down.
you're a bit upset with your republican leadership. >> first of all, it's driven by harry reid. he refused to bring up a budget, to bring up a single appropriations bill. >> but you just mentioned speaker boehner. >> well, i was going to get to that. he's driven this process, and about the only thing the republicans could have done would be to protest it, and fight harder about it. and we have, but i don't think effectively enough. and we've now, at the end, fallen into this trap, i would suggest on of just having secret negotiations. i really wish we could have avoided it. but this was the strategy of the democratic leadership in the senate, and they carried it out for almost three years -- over two years now. >> all right, you said in your op-ed today, and i want to quote you directly. you said, in part, washington has become possessed by the idea that a small group of negotiators, meeting in secret, can solve the deep, painful, and systemic problems plaguing this country with a single grand bargain, produced at the 59th minute of the 11th hour. this is a siren song. i suppose th
of them have written a letter to majority leader harry reid and said please, delay the imposition of this tax. on january 1, medical device tax takes effect. 2.3% on all medical devices. this means granny's hip is now going to cost a lot more come january 1. elbow joint, all that stuff, all medical devices go up in price. and the medical device makers are saying, we're going to lay people off. the democrats don't like this. they've read it. they don't like it. they want a delay and the imposition of the tag. >> steve: it will be interesting if the 17 democrat senators joined all the republican senators, they could get something done if harry reid would ever bring it up. what's interesting is if they say, okay. let's get rid of that medical device tax. the money will have to come from interelse. >> that medical device tax is designed to bring in $29 billion over ten years. >> steve: where is that going to come from then? >> what are you going to do? you need another source of income. >> steve: call china! >> can we borrow more? you're already going to raise the medicare tax to help
but certainly doesn't mean they will get a deal. interesting all the other leaders, nancy pelosi, harry reid, mitch mcconnell, they're all out. in the end it will be the president and the leader of house republicans speaker boehner and they will have it make a deal both sides can live with. martha: for all intents and purposes john boehner continues to say that he will not raise taxes on that top 2%. that he wants that revenue to come in the form of changing deductions and loopholes. the president says exactly the opposite. so one side is going to have to give. any bet which side it is likely it be? >> on that issue i think the republicans are going to have to give. it was a key issue in the election. and remember, it's unsustainable i think politically for boehner, forget the economics of this. i know people say that should be the only issue here. let's talk about the politics of it. it is unsustainable for boehner and the republicans to be in a position where they are blocking a tax cut for 98% of the americans because they want it protect tax rates of the top 2%. that may be right or wron
to get a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. senate majority leader harry reid just took the floor. he tried to get a vote on the fiscal cliff deal at 1:30, but minority leader mitch mcconnell, republican objected to that proposal saying i matter of such importance, 60 vote threshold, majority was born to do. now it will not happen, no vote today on the debt ceiling, fiscal cliff proposal to basically the breaking news is we're back where we started. melissa: what is the hottest stock on wall street these days. trading under. the bidding war for my favorite bank analyst. i love dick bove. speaker he is in purgatory. a billion dollars unauthorized trade was described as a rogue trader. presumption of innocence, he was arrested earlier in the week. take the firm, the firm has been closed down since then. dick bove has been in purgatory. sources are telling us bove reseed essentially 17 offers to join him, he is now down to five, he has contracted form in five firms. he believes he'll be making the decision on which of these five firms he will go to in the coming days. he says he is close to a
boehner has enough votes to have enough people vote for it. dagen: we have heard from senator harry reid once again. if the democrats do not get the tax increase on wealthy americans that he is willing to go over the cliff, the end of the year. we are awfully close. >> remember that congress always has the ability to set a new set of tax rates. even if we went through december 31 and these rates went away and everybody's taxes increased, honestly, some more than others, we could, as a congress, go back and try to do pieces of that to try to bring some of those rates down for some people. i think that is what my republican colleagues are really the most afraid of. once you lose those tax cuts, at the end of the year, it will be hard to bring back those tax cuts. the tax cuts that would come back would be mostly for the lower and real income people. the biggest leverage that the republicans have right now is this december 31 date. they are quickly running out of time. dagen: would you be comfortable with it. you raise tax rates on the wealthy. just not back to the clinton era level. you gr
at least part of it. 17 democrats and incoming senator elect elizabeth warren sending a letter to harry reid they want to delay the implementation of the tax on medical devices. kirsten powers is here, ladies and gentlemen, what do you think of this. >> you're not going to make me defend this. stuart: defend what, the medical device tax or the senate? >> i think this is kind of the outrageous behavior on parts of the democrats. they should have known this was in the bill, right theoretically? >> i thought you'd shifted a little bit to the right. >> i've always been this way i've always been fair and look, i think that, i don't think they should be allowed to do this. if you're going to vote for obamacare and it does have taxes that are attached to it, part of the deal, you can't carve it out to protect your constituents. stuart: especially three weeks before. >> comes up at the election. stuart: it's a powerful group, 17 senate democrats that's a big churni chunk of the democrats-- >> won't be surprised if they get their way. you can't determine taxes and carve out for your powerful con
of the reasons why you might not have a deal. harry reid says we can do things quickly, but not fast enough as far as bill drafting goes. john boehner says the white house is dragging its feet. here is what he said. let's play a chunk. >> where are the president's spending cuts? the longer the white house doesn't move on this the closer we get to the fiscal cliff. >> he says the president is slow walking. the president did an interview with abc news. what the president said to barbara walters. >> we have no make sure middle class taxes don't go up on january 1st. i'm confident that republicans wouldn't hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals. >> he said he's fine to go over the fiscal cliff. all of those reasons would be reasons to say maybe we're not close to a deal on that do you think he'll get a deal before the end of the year? you are the optimistic one in the relationship here, or will we get one before you go off for christmas break? >> some type of deal. may not have a complete deal. but this issue of tax cuts for those earning less tha
cuts in entitlement programs. it's not clear democrats would be on board. senator harry reid in the senate has said social security should not be part of this. so has nancy pelosi, the democratic leader in the house. host: does the cola change depending on where you live in the country? guest: it is across the board for everyone. it is a percentage. it depends on how big your benefits are every year. you cited average numbers of about $1,200 a month for a retired worker. a lot of people get more and some get less. the dollar amount for your increase would change depending on that, but the percentage increase is the same a matter where you live in the country. host: we are talking about social security and how would factors into the so called "fiscal cliff." if you would like to join the conversation, here are the numbers to call -- we will get to the calls in a moment. we will hear what they think about social security being on the table. do you get the sense we will talk about this a lot in the next couple weeks or will this discussion, a lot more next year? guest: it's not
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